Complete a Literacy and Numeracy Assessment to demonstrate a minimum standard based on skills regarded as essential for individuals to meet the demands of everyday life and work in a knowledge-based economy. Complete a minimum of four Year 12 ATAR courses including the external examination (i.e. be eligible for an ATAR) or complete a Certificate II or higher. Complete two Year 11 English units and a pair of Year 12 English units. Complete at least one pair of units from a Year 12 List A (arts/languages/social sciences) course and one pair of units from a Year 12 List B course (mathematics/sciences/technologies). Complete at least 20 units (or equivalents) including a minimum of 10 Year 12 units. Achieve a minimum of 14 C grades in Year 11 and Year 12 units (or equivalents) including at least 6 C grades in Year 12 units (or equivalents). If students do not meet the literacy and numeracy standard by the time they exit secondary school, they can apply to the Authority to re-sit the assessment. All students (whether they have achieved the WACE or not) will receive a Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement – a record of all courses and or programs completed. To achieve a WACE students must:
What does this mean? To achieve a WACE from 2016 all students will need to be eligible for a university entrance rank (ATAR) or achieve a training Certificate II or higher. They will also need to demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy. To do this they will be required to complete the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA). Your child will already have sat the OLNA in March this year. Or, if they achieved Band 8 or above in their Year 9 NAPLAN tests they may not have had to sit the OLNA at all.
What types of courses are there? There are WACE courses across a range of subject areas. These are grouped into List A (arts/languages/social sciences) and List B (mathematics/science/technology). It’s important that students have breadth and depth in their study, so they need to choose subjects from List A and List B. At least one pair of units from each List in Year 12. They must do English in Year 11 and Year 12. Students will undertake a minimum of 10 courses across Years 11 and 12 (typically 6 in Year 11 and a minimum of 5 in Year 12).
What types of courses are there? ATAR courses – for students who are aiming to go to university and will need to sit an external exam which will get them an ATAR. General courses – for students aiming to enter further training or the workforce straight from school. These are not examined. Foundation courses – for those students who need extra support to meet the literacy and numeracy standard by the end of Year 12. Only students who have not demonstrated the minimum achievement in the relevant components of the OLNA may enrol in Foundation courses.
What types of courses are there? Preliminary courses – have been developed for students who have been identified as having a learning difficulty and/or an intellectual disability. They provide a relevant option for students who: cannot access the ATAR or General course content with adjustment and/or disability provisions require modified and/or independent education plans. Preliminary courses do not contribute to achievement of the WACE. VET industry specific courses – have VET qualifications integrated into the course and they contribute to the Certificate II requirement for a WACE.
What other programs are there? There are also Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs and Endorsed programs which contribute to WACE equivalence and address areas of learning not covered by courses. VET programs are nationally accredited and consistent with the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework. A wide range of endorsed programs can be delivered in a variety of settings by schools, training organisations and workplaces, universities and community organisations. Students can mix and match these options to provide the best platform to meet the requirements to achieve a WACE.
VET programs If a student chooses not to complete the course requirements to achieve an ATAR, they will need to complete a minimum of a Certificate II in addition to their other course enrolments to achieve their WACE. Studying VET provides credit towards the number of course units students need to complete to achieve their WACE. There are limits to the number of VET programs (not VET industry specific courses) that may contribute to achievement of the WACE. Students will typically enrol in 4 or 5 additional courses to meet the WACE requirement.
VET equivalences Completed qualification Equivalence (total) Credit allocation (units) 1112 Certificate I2 units2- Certificate II4 units22 Certificate III and higher6 units24 For a completed Certificate I, units of competency must have a minimum of 110 nominal hours. For a completed Certificate II, the achievement of units of competency must be a minimum of 220 hours. More substantial elective units may be required to ensure the minimum is met.
VET industry specific courses Contribute towards the WACE. Enable students to count their VET achievement as having met the ‘C’ grade requirement and satisfy the Certificate II or higher requirement and as. VET industry specific course structure and unit credit VET industry specific course qualification General course units Meets minimum qualification requirement for WACE Yr 11Yr 12 Certificate IUnit 1/2 Certificate IIUnit 1/2Unit 3/4 Certificate IIIUnit 1/2Unit 3/4
Endorsed programs A student can only use endorsed programs for 2 units of equivalence in Year 11 and two units in Year 12 - but this must be considered in relation to the total number of equivalences being claimed for through VET. Workplace Learning is an Authority ‐ developed endorsed program that is managed by individual schools. To complete this program, a student works in one or more real workplace/s to develop a set of transferable workplace skills. Students may accrue a maximum of two Year 11 units and two Year 12 units in Workplace Learning to contribute towards their WACE.